Responses are about what I expected.
“Local law enforcement and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were never notified that Mayor Bloomberg’s operation was being undertaken. That is standard professional courtesy and is also designed to protect the general public,” Horne said. “Arizona law enforcement should have been made aware that people posing as criminal elements were in fact undercover officers. The fact that no such notification was made indicates this so-called sting is nothing less than a public relations stunt.”
Horne added, “I would suggest that Mayor Bloomberg consider the skyrocketing crime rate in New York City before he asks any more of his city’s police to leave town on these p.r. missions. According to the most recent FBI statistics, violent crime in New York City increased significantly in 2010 compared to data from 2009. Robbery went up 3.9 percent, forcible rape rose 13.9 percent, aggravated assault increased 8.8 percent and murder rose 12.3 percent. Clearly, the good men and women of the New York City Police Department have more pressing crimes to investigate than alleged violations at a gun show 2,400 miles away.”
State Senator Ron Gould (from the link in the first sentence of this post):
“Let me get this straight: From New York City, they are going to send people to Arizona to look into this?” said Ariz. state Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican. “They might take a look a little closer to home if they are concerned about guns getting in their state.”
Show Organizer Crossroads of the West( from the link in the first sentence of this post):
“Mayor Bloomberg and his `task force’ have no legal authority in the state of Arizona, or in any other place in America except New York City,” said the statement from the Crossroads of the WestGun Shows. “These forays into America’s heartland committing blatant acts to entrap otherwise innocent gun owners is an unlawful scheme that is created by Bloomberg’s task force.”
“Well, I find it interesting that he’s out here in Arizona solving our problems. I guess he believes that he has solved all the problems in New York. Here he is in the good state of Arizona. It has been a fascinating story, but we are a big Second Amendment state I support our laws here. I’ve signed gun laws here. What he went after the way it was portrayed is not what the issue is. I think all laws should be enforced. And those people that buy guns from private owners at a gun show have the responsibility, if they knowingly realize it, someone cannot pass a background check or if they suspect that maybe they are mentally incompetent, it is a state felony and a federal felony. So those laws need to be enforced.”
So, I guess color us unimpressed with him is the message for today. You’d think with that big old city to play with he’d have better things to do.